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Downtown Naperville dress shop moves to strip mall with ‘facelift'

The vacant strip mall on Washington Street just south of Ogden Avenue used to house a Blockbuster video rental shop and a Sprint store. And, it "needed a facelift."

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The Best Things to Do in Chicago This August, in One Giant List

...Alex Wiley, making his first big festival debut. $149 for three-day passes. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. northcoastfestival.com

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...on Europe’s early response to Nazism. Matt Hawkins directs. $24–$28. Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. strawdog.org

Through 8/24 Tommy Lee Johnston’s new comedy centers on a painfully shy 30-year-old named Jack who gets a job at a retirement home. When the residents take him under their collective wing, it’s heartwarming life lessons all around. $25–$35. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. redtwist.org

...group. Needless to say, things do not go as planned. $20–$86. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. steppenwolf.org

...in the Midwest thanks to Sideshow Theatre Company. $20–$25. Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater 2433 N. Lincoln. sideshowtheatre.org

...goods somehow darkens to include murder, mayhem, and lethal cake balls. $5–$20. Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston. thefactorytheater.com

...also see the plays divvied up into smaller chunks of time. $30–$75. Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee. the-hypocrites.com

...a paper-thin love story involving the man behind the mole. $250–$350. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. lookingglasstheatre.org

...for an array of women, ranging from society ladies to prostitutes. $20–$28. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. eclipsetheatre.com

...immigrants working there. Foss aims for the same heart-wrenching, stomach-turning impact. Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway. publicaccesstheatre.org

Through 8/3 Kaiser Ahmed directs the Chicago premiere of Sam Shepard’s 2000 eruption between volatile, combative siblings as they sift through the belongings of their late alcoholic father, who lived in a rundown desert home. $28–$32. Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand. theartistichome.org

...Company (see “What to Do in Chicago in April - Theatre: Comedies”). $37–$50. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. timelinetheatre.com

...s earlier Reasons to Be Pretty (produced at Profiles in 2011). $30–$40. Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway...

...debility than how it affects her complicated yet enduring marriage. $20–22. Steep Theatre Company, 1115 W. Berwyn. steeptheatre.com

...both of whom are seeking solace amid an atmosphere of destruction. $20. Christ Lutheran Church, 4541 N. Spaulding. halcyontheatre.org...

...former featherweight boxer Berry Gordy, Jr. $30–$138. Broadway in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

...enthusiasts, and anyone whose heart is two sizes too small. $18–$28. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand. chicagoshakes.com

...the latest of its impeccably sung, indomitably upbeat musical offerings. $55–$65. Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. blackensembletheater.org

...s planners set the course for making In C an annual thing. $35–$40. Constellation, 3111 N. Western. constellation-chicago.com

St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. rushhour.org

...of “Lips Like Sugar”? Today the band tours on a new album, Meteorites. $30. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. metrochicago.com

...any contemporary indie act. English rocker Steve Winwood opens. $51.50–$131.50. United Center, 1901 W. Madison. unitedcenter.com

8/3 at 8 The Irish rockabilly singer and multi-instrumentalist puts a sonic twist on the thoroughly aped sound of Memphis and the American South with traditional instruments such as the bodhrán and jazz-inspired flourishes. $25. Park West, 322 W. Armitage. jamusa.com

...that’s a strong enough profile to sell out theatres. $38.50. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com

...a sweaty post-Lolla dance party, this is the place to be. Sold out. Aragon, 1106 W Lawrence. aragon.com

...lead the youth culture charge. Sold out except for $3,600 platinum package. Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph. lollapalooza.com

...the air at the Pritzker’s breezy confines. $25–$59.50. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph. jamusa.com

...the South Loop at Columbia College’s Papermaker’s Garden, with objects in the gallery. 619 S. Wabash. colum.edu/ADGallery

...stars Ivan Brunetti and Onsmith and some newcomers from Columbia College’s comic art program. 618 S. Michigan. colum.edu/deps

...of free-flowing energy. Also showing: new work by Tiffany Pascal and Lynn Christine Kelly. 2156 N. Damen. arcgallery.org

...less inclined to invest in experimental electronic art, Bartlett also shows new collages and drawings. 8 S. Michigan, SUITE 620. bgfa.us

...accidental death of thousands of migratory birds as they smash into the city’s skyscrapers. 217 N. Carpenter. chicagoartistscoalition.org

...everything from the “stupid to the sublime.” (Think Joseph Cornell with a sense of humor.) 2124 N. Damen. firecatprojects.org

5020 S. Cornell. hydeparkart.org

Through 8/16 Bourque, Bondgren & Bourbon. Using high-key color and collage, the painters Rob Bondgren and Loretta Bourque create highly charged portraits of gender identities, from the gay male and feminine perspectives. 327 N. Aberdeen. lindawarrenprojects.com

1542 N. Milwaukee. lvl3gallery.com

Through 8/16 Bernard Williams: The Dark Came Down. One can always expect to see formal innovations in a Williams exhibition. New work includes glossy black car bumpers clumped into impressive arrangements on the walls, like giant plastic gargoyle faces. 835 W. Washington. thomasmccormick.com

...seem to slide off the walls, crawl on the floor, and interact with sculptural objects. 1431 W. Chicago. themissionprojects.com

...these curios—all crafted by women (Lilli Carré, Laura Davis, Carol Jackson, and Diane Simpson). 2154 W. Division. moniquemeloche.com

...comeback for him. Also showing: new works by sculptor Lucy Slivinski and painter Ann Worthing. 942 W. Lake. packergallery.com

...heavy doses of humor and horror. A stolen magic bear suit drives the plot here. 1000 N. California. peanutgallerychicago.com

...into brushstrokes. Contorted poses lend a psychological dimension. Also showing: new paintings by Greg Murr. 210 W. Superior. perimetergallery.com

8/1–30 Bob Palmieri: Lies. It’s no wonder that Palmieri’s photographs depict musicians in spirited performance or candid repose, for the photographer is a musician, too. His empathetic vision extends to architectural details and urban inhabitants. 300 W. Superior. rangefindergallery.com

8/16 Summer Shorts. Sometimes a backyard is the perfect site for a summer outdoor theatre. This intimate new series showcases a curated selection of art films and literary reading performances by Chicagoans. (Rain date is 8/17). 1625 N. Richmond. summershortschicago.tumblr.com

...these prints will open your eyes and mind to artistic innovations happening across the pond. 845 W. Washington. westernexhibitions.com

...show, juried by the University of Chicago’s Monika Szewczyk, examines the power of text. 685 N. Milwaukee. womanmade.org

111 S. Michigan. artic.edu

...immense contribution to the design field. Rick Valicenti, founder of the design firm Thirst, curates. 78 E. Washington. chicagoculturalcenter.org

...typography. A historical overview of Chicago design innovations complements the new projects. Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State. chidm.com

...Also showing: Fires Will Burn: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection (through 12/21). 935 W. Fullerton. museums.depaul.edu

...but the standout may be Haw, whose powerful portraits express everything from womanhood to mortality. 100 W. Randolph. museum.state.il.us

...crumbs and dust left over from those who came before us. Spare, haunting images predominate. 600 S. Michigan. mocp.org

...homegrown glitch art movement. Expect lots of artfully manipulated GIFs, bent circuits, and static noise. 2320 W. Chicago. uima-chicago.org

...60 now-iconic photos. Mon–Sat 9:30–4:30, Sun 12–5. $12–$14. 1601 N. Clark. chicagohistory.org

...just for one day. The colorful paintings include diverse techniques, from mosaic to textile design. 3015 W. Division. iprac.org

...a million people each year, making it one of the largest festivals in the Midwest. 1400 W. Cermak. fiestadelsol.org

Through 9/14 Learn and execute new dance steps to a live band or people-watch like crazy at this popular city-sponsored dance party. Free. Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan. cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html

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Pectin?

I am looking for natural fruit pectin. Around the city I've called probably 20 places!
Either Pamona's universal pectin or ball natural fruit pectin would work!!
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West Loop HOA's and boards

I'd love to hear from some local people who have worked with your condo/HOA boards - whether you're done so as an owner or board member.

Trying to identify ways (best practices) that other buildings in this area have had, and the ways boards and residents have communicated with other residents.

Our building seems to have recurring issues in this department and I'd like to hear from anyone who has positive results to share from issues that your board/residents worked...

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I'd love to hear from some local people who have worked with your condo/HOA boards - whether you're done so as an owner or board member.

Trying to identify ways (best practices) that other buildings in this area have had, and the ways boards and residents have communicated with other residents.

Our building seems to have recurring issues in this department and I'd like to hear from anyone who has positive results to share from issues that your board/residents worked through.

How do you get updates? Has your board/residents identified frequently asked questions/recurring issues and posted those in an easy to find spot?

I know it's tempting to air grievances but I'd really like to hear positive ideas and resolutions here, if possible (we are beyond capacity for negativity and unpleasantness already in our group).

Thanks for your input!

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Skinner Park Dog Park

There is a new dog park that looks to be completed but has been locked (with padlock) since the construction tarp came off the gates. I'm anxious to start bringing my dog here because I live so close but not sure of an actual opening date. I haven't been able to find anything by searching online. Does anyone else know anything? The location is on Monroe between Loomis and Throop (closer to Loomis on the North side of the street).

Thanks!!

  • Thanks Chris! I'll be stalking the place every evening with my dog to see when it finally opens. If it doesn't open this week I'll be sure to call.

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    We need to advocate for a more dog friendly city. Chicago is not pro-dog. Dogs are banned from many Chicago parks, often the only green space (River North) and are not allowed on most beaches. Los Angeles allows dogs on the beaches before 9am and after 6pm. Chicago gives us...

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    We need to advocate for a more dog friendly city. Chicago is not pro-dog. Dogs are banned from many Chicago parks, often the only green space (River North) and are not allowed on most beaches. Los Angeles allows dogs on the beaches before 9am and after 6pm. Chicago gives us a tiny little spot or two, almost nothing. Dogs should be allowed on miles and miles of Lake Michigan beaches. if people dont like it, tough We have paid for it. There are probably well over a million dogs in the city. We pour POUR money into the city coffers and we get nothing in return. Off leash dog parks are few and far between, often inadequate and over crowded. I suspect dog owners in Chicago support about $200M+ of business/city revenue a year - licensing, the rabies TAX, veterinarians, animal ERs, dog walkers, pet sitters, doggy day care, pet supply stores, pet foods, etc. Look at how many businesses have been created and have expanded because of pet owners. e.g. Pet Care Plus keeps opening more and more shops. City needs to take notice and accommodate and cater to us! They instead put up road block after road block and make it next to impossible for a working person to get an off leash area in their neighborhood. Its as bad as trying to get Mike Madigan to pass term limits.

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New Lyft Passangers

Hello! Looking for a free ride for your first Lyft ride. Use code JEOR11 for a $25 credit with Lyft. Happy Lyfting!! Code is only good for first time riders, please share! Thanks!

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    Passengers* (I didn't notice the misspelling) :-/

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Are you missing your kitty?

Pretty grey kitty with white paws ... contact me via this post.

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Big news from the near west side

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building;...

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http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building; and 40,000 square feet of "urban farm greenhouses". The IMDC has been working for years to find a suitable project to fill nearly 9.5 acres of vacant land, hoping to bring more life to the district dominated by hospitals and medical facilities, and after a request for proposals, have approved this plan. The $300 million tab will be picked up by the project's developers. Construction is slated to begin in spring of 2015.

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    On the vacant land at Ogden/Damen/Harrison near Stroger Hospital

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  • Permit issued for reinstate revoked pmt

    ERECTION STARTS: 7/26/2014, ERECTION ENDS: 8/24/2014. REINSTATEMENT OF 2014 PERMIT # 100540341 FOR RANDOLPH STREET MARKET FOR AND EVENT ON JULY 26 - AUG. 24, 2014. SAME TENTS AND LAYOUT: 1-20'X30' TENT, 1-20'X40' TENT, AND 1-20'X50' TENT. AAA RENTAL SYSTEM.

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Caterpillar Care in West Town/Noble Sq. Needs Community Lenders

Caterpillar Care (1001 N. Milwaukee), a growing local daycare, is seeking a community-sourced loan through LendSquare to transform their location's outdoor play area.

Local families, neighbors and area residents investing in this loan project will support West Town/Noble Sq. neighborhood growth, keep money in the community, and grow a strong, local business.

Visit https://lendsquare.com/caterpillar-care for details on the loan project (company background, payback details, how to become a lender, etc.) or to ask questions.

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